Yellowbar Parrotfish (Scarus schlegeli)

Also known as Five-banded Parrotfish, Schlegel's Parrotfish, Yellowband Parrotfish, Yellow-banded Parrotfish

Description

Also known as Five-banded Parrotfish, Schlegel's Parrotfish, Yellowband Parrotfish, Yellow-banded Parrotfish.

Found singly or in schools foraging for food over mixed coral and rubble slopes rich in algae growth.
They feed on benthic algae.
Juveniles school with other species.
Length - 38cm
Depth - 0-50m
Widespread Pacific Ocean

Parrotfish are hermaphrodites and live in harems with a dominant male. They are not territorial, living and feeding in harmony with other species.
Their teeth are fused into powerful beaks which are used for grabbing filamentous algae from dead coral, often found feeding in a cloud of sediment.
At night parrotfish make a sleeping bag out of slime bubbles for protection against predators.
These beautiful fish whose males usually outshine the females for colour also change dramatically from juvenile to adult. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/4975

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